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Wed November 14, 2012

New Director for Emory's James Weldon Johnson Institute for Race and Difference

Emory University's James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference has a new director.

Established in 2007, one of the institute’s missions is to research, teach and promote dialogue on issues related to civil rights and race.

Just over a year ago, renowned scholar Dr. Rudolph Byrd passed away.

He was the founder and first director of the James Weldon Johnson Institute.

His vision included an integrated academic approach to preserving the principles of the civil rights movement and modern attitudes about race.

Now called the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference, Professor Tyrone Forman will continue Byrd’s vision.

Emory sociology professor Tyrone Forman, has been appointed director of the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference.
Credit Emory University

“Ultimately what we’re attempting to do is elevate and lift up the important work that’s being done by faculty and students every day to look at how race intersects with other forms of human difference like class, sexuality religion.”

Forman, a graduate of Vassar College who earned a PhD from the University of Michigan, says embracing the community outside of Emory also remains essential to the institute.

That means, according to Forman, open dialogues about issues that confront the city of Atlanta.